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Pakistanis identify 4 Evros dead

Pakistanis living in Greece have identified four of the 23 bodies of people found drowned in the Evros River last week, a report said yesterday. According to the Athens News Agency, members of the Pakistani community in Greece, accompanied by Pakistan’s ambassador to Athens, visited the Thracian town of Alexandroupolis, where eight of the bodies were being kept in the morgue. One man recognized two of his brothers among the dead, while another identified his son. The circumstances of the drowning are still unclear. The remaining 15 bodies have been buried in the Thracian village of Sidiro. Meanwhile, coast guard and fishermen on Lesvos yesterday morning rescued 20 African and Asian illegal immigrants from the sea off Mistegna, on the island’s northern coast, after the wooden boat in which they had been towed over from Turkey foundered. One woman was found drowned. And, near Cape Tainaron in the southern Peloponnese, coast guard arrested 22 illegal immigrants as well as three suspected smugglers – two Greeks and an Egyptian.